This Sunday, February 6th, Americans across the country will celebrate the 100th birthday of President Ronald Reagan.
In celebration of this historic event, we are delighted to share with you our new book, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny. This book, inspired by our documentary film, is a unique photographic collection, honoring the life and legacy of our nation’s 40th President.
President Ronald Reagan believed in America and the American people. While in office, President Reagan created unprecedented economic growth, revived the American spirit and ended the Cold War. Through principled leadership and personal conviction, President Reagan led our nation from a time of despair to a time of hope. The example of his leadership still guides us today.
The Citizen Politician
Although Ronald Reagan is one of the most iconic political figures in American history, he was not a career politician.
Reagan spent the first half of his life pursuing his dreams as many Americans do.
Before becoming President, Ronald Reagan was a student, athlete, lifeguard, radio host, actor and Army Lieutenant. He was also President of the Screen Actors Guild, Spokesman for General Electric, and Governor of California.
Through it all, Reagan never failed to display the hard work and determination that define the American dream.
Reagan was launched onto the national political stage in 1964 after giving a televised address on behalf of Republican candidate, Barry Goldwater. It became known as “The Speech.”
Concerned about the economic and international threats to our prosperity, Ronald Reagan, a former FDR Democrat, reminded us that America’s choice was not between Left and Right, but between freedom and totalitarianism.
Following this historic speech, Ronald Reagan was encouraged to run for Governor of California, despite his belief that, “I’m an actor, not a politician.” In 1966, he defeated incumbent Governor Pat Brown by nearly one million votes.
Reagan was, in fact, a “citizen politician,” who only decided to run for office when he felt it was his duty as a citizen to stop government from getting too big.
Reagan’s bid for the Republican nomination for president in 1976 resulted in a narrow loss to incumbent President Gerald Ford. But rather than focus on his loss that evening, Ronald Reagan gave an impromptu concession speech centered on the American people. His remarks were so inspiring, many in the audience wondered if they had nominated the right candidate:
This is our challenge; and this is why here in this hall tonight, better than we have ever done before, we have got to quit talking to each other and about each other and go out and communicate to the world that we may be fewer in numbers than we have ever been, but we carry the message they are waiting for. We must go forth from here united, determined that what a great general said a few years ago is true: There is no substitute for victory, Mr. President.
Finally in 1980, when he was nearly seventy years old, Ronald Reagan made one last run for the presidency. At a time when Americans were being told they suffered from a “crisis of confidence,” Ronald Reagan shared a vision of optimism and opportunity for America, reminding us of our rendezvous with destiny – our responsibility to confront the challenges of our time and ensure that freedom prevails. In 1981, Ronald Reagan, was sworn in as President of the United States.
The Reagan Legacy
In his first term as president, Ronald Reagan signed into law the largest tax cut in American history. His tax cuts, combined with deregulation, created seven years of unprecedented economic growth.
Upon being elected to his second term, President Reagan turned in earnest to defeating the Soviet Union and winning the Cold War. In his speech at the Brandenburg Gate in June of 1987, despite every attempt by his advisors to eliminate the phrase, President Reagan courageously declared, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Two years later, the Berlin Wall came down, liberating millions throughout central and eastern Europe.
But Ronald Reagan’s greatest legacy encompasses so much more than his economic and diplomatic accomplishments. His vision for peace and prosperity came true not only because he believed it was possible, but because he helped America believe it was possible.
Through our book, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, we hope you find renewed inspiration from a remarkable man, who profoundly changed our nation and the world.
February Charity of the Month: The American Heart Association
February is “American Heart Month.” As we celebrate Ronald Reagan’s centennial birthday and his legacy of giving back to the American people, American Heart Month provides an opportunity for us to also give back to our communities.
Cardiovascular disease claims more lives each year than any other disease in America.
Today, nine out of ten people in the United States have at least one risk factor for heart disease, including obesity, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, or high stress levels. If these grave statistics are not addressed – and if Americans do not consciously decide to adopt healthier lifestyles – children today, for the first time in our nation’s history, will live shorter lives than their parents.
To combat these alarming statistics and help save lives, the American Heart Association (AHA) last year launched its 2020 Impact Goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by an additional 20 percent.
The American Heart Association has dedicated numerous volunteer hours and resources to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, across the country. The organization funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional education programs, and advocates for the protection of public health through increased awareness and donor contributions.
AHA’s Go Red for Women campaign and new healthy behavior platform, “My Heart. My Life.”, will both play a vital role in achieving the 2020 Impact Goal. Go Red for Women has become a movement of strength and encouragement for women across America, educating and empowering women to adopt and maintain heart-healthy lifestyles. Less than 50 percent of women know and recognize cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Given that cardiovascular disease takes the life of one in every three women each year – at a rate of almost one per minute – Go Red for Women is critical to the success of targeting at-risk women and helping them live longer, healthier lives.
AHA also strives to promote healthy habits in American children and preadolescents through the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens program. Currently, less than one in ten high school students consume the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables – receiving approximately one-fourth of their vegetable intake from French fries. Moreover, a third of our children are at risk for childhood obesity. Understanding the necessity of intervention, AHA’s Teaching Gardens program provides hands-on experience that encourages children to make heart-healthy, nutritional choices at meal times. Students actively learn how to plant seeds, nurture the growing plants, harvest the food, and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits and the importance of physical activity in their daily lives.
The Teaching Gardens is just one part of the “My Heart. My Life.” behavior platform the American Heart Association has designed to educate and promote a heart-healthy America. This multi-year initiative, focused on adults and children, will reinforce the value of healthy eating, physical activity, and adopting a healthy mind and body. The “My Heart. My Life.” initiative seeks to unite the voices of Americans into a national rallying cry for change, encouraging simple actions to improve daily well-being, community enrichment, calls for commitment, and a credible one-stop-shop for guidance.
The American Heart Association works tirelessly to create a future without cardiovascular disease – a world where our children and grandchildren will eat healthier, maintain active lifestyles, and live longer.
Join the movement for a heart disease-free America. In recognition of American Heart Month, please join us in donating to the American Heart Association.
Newt and Callista Gingrich
• On Renewing American Leadership, read an interview with Angelo M. Codevilla, author of the new book The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It.
• On ReAL Action, ReAL’s Chairman, Dr. Jim Garlow, dreams that President Obama re-gathered Congress to give “The True State of the Union Address.”
• In Adolfo Franco’s article, “Same Old, Same Old,” at The Americano, he explains why President Obama’s State of the Union address last week was a missed opportunity.